Butterfly - single/cover



Translucent, apple-green, dotted with gold, a perfect jewelled chrysalis hangs so elegantly from the low-hanging branch of a Mimosa. Enchanted with its beauty, wide eyed, the child breaks off the branch.

Perhaps the most extraordinary treasure she has ever possessed, she carries the chrysalis home. There, so carefully, she places it on the window ledge in anticipation of the magical moment when the butterfly will emerge.

The days pass. She waits. Nothing happens.

She waits yet another week. Slowly the chrysalis loses it’s translucent sheen, its gold and green. Black spots begin to form on it. The beauty vanishes. The life is gone…

Heartbroken, she carries the branch outside and places it on the earth, quietly crying.

Years pass…

She’s now a grown woman. Her life is busy but she finds time to walk. Traveling along a trail in the woods one day she pauses for a moment to rest near a sapling tree by a babbling brook. She makes herself comfortable on a cool rock when suddenly… there it is again! That translucent, apple-green chrysalis dotted with gold, hanging so elegantly from a slim branch.

But this time she knows. She studies the cocoon carefully, making a note of its exact location before continuing on her way. She goes back home but at every opportunity finds her way back along the trail to observe the progress of the chrysalis.

Slowly it begins to turn clear in color and she can begin to see the Monarch Butterfly’s form inside. And finally after four weeks, knowing it would soon emerge, she arrives, panting just in time to see its first movements.

By now she has learned that to help a Butterfly come out of its cocoon means to weaken it so it can never fly. So she sits very still watching it slowly emerge. Soon it stands on its wobbly new legs, slowly fanning its still wet wings to dry them.

She waits and waits patiently, spellbound…

Finally… the butterfly spreads its brilliant, magnificent, colourful wings, dancing freely away into the air to sip and enjoy the nectar of the splendid Milkweed flowers growing along the stream’s edge. She muses on their beautiful exchange — the Butterfly, receiving sweet nectar, and in return giving the plants the gift of pollination and seed bearing.

Feeling light as air, herself she dances her way back along the woodland trail… free as a Butterfly.

Dream With Us…

I don't know how many times a day in our household, you'll hear me, Lark, saying to Kris, "I don't understand you. What are you talking about?"

And Kris will patiently, or sometimes not so patiently, repeat what he's trying to say in different words. Most of the time this works

We're on the Radio!


So… there's this Lady. I call her Ms. Universe or just Ms. Uni for short.

She lives in a dimension we shall call "Happiness Land." Her life is, well… Fun! She does what she calls "Plurk" every single day that she doesn't rest. And she rests when she needs to.

NEW RELEASE! PROMISE OF A NEW DAY — Songs for Children of All Ages



The World is in an extreme state these days, wouldn't you say?


Every day we hear something that blows our minds. There's a saying attributed to Einstein,

What if THIS is Heaven?

—Anita Moorjani

The myth, story—however you see it—goes back a lo-o-o-ng way… Shrouded in the mists of human memory, the origins of the tale of the Garden of Eden meander farther back than anyone knows for sure. The name has a pre-Biblical connection to a city in ancient Mesopotamia as well as to a Sumerian Deity. Sumeria was one of the earliest urban societies to emerge in the world in Southern Mesopotamia more than 5000 years ago.

Take the Quiz - Know Your Salmon Facts

IN the words of this song, I'm imagining a world in which Salmon are protected and taken care of properly by Human people.

I invite you to imagine a better world for the Salmon — and ALL of us — with me.

Listen/Purchase: The Ballad of the Salmon People

If you haven't read the blog introducing this song, here it is.


Which of the following are Pacific Salmon species?
None of the above
All of the above

Why Is The World So Beautiful?




Salmon poster


If you’d like to listen to song samples and/or purchase a copy of this CD or MP3’s please visit:
itunes store (search ‘Kris & Lark’ or ‘The Ballad of the Salmon People’)

“…about the salmon song! It is perfect in so many ways!!!  Playful, but also so profoundly relevant right now…. [it] touches the whole experience of communicating with other than human people and beings.... — Karen McCombe

Kris & Lark communicate the significance of bio and cultural diversity through a colorful and informative, story-telling style of presentation. This unique music with its bold sensual rhythms, harmonized lyrics, rap, and trombone solos and harmonies, is feel-good stuff. itunes categorizes The Ballad of the Salmon People as “Alternative Folk.”

New Album Release

It is official! The Ballad of the Salmon People has been released.

Kris & Lark communicate the significance of bio and cultural diversity through a colorful and informative, story-telling style of presentation. This unique music with its bold sensual rhythms, harmonized lyrics, rap, and trombone solos is feel-good stuff.

The album is available through CD Baby, itunes and other services.

You can go to our store to purchase the CD or MP3's from CD Baby. For itunes MP3's, open up your application and do a search for Kris & Lark, or the albums name.

Salmon Cover


From Kris & Lark

Breezeway '16

New Name, New Website, New Album

Hello and welcome to our newly designed website, reflecting our name change from Kuimba to Kris & Lark. And In anticipation of our soon to be released album The Ballad of the Salmon People, here is a peek at the cover artwork by Marilyn Atkey.

Salmon Cover


Stay tuned!

Breezeway performance

Our performance at the Breezway in Tsawwassen was much appreciated by children and adults last Saturday. One of the songs we did was The Ballad of the Salmon People, written by Lark and is the title of our new yet to be released CD.


One Touch of Nature

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
– William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Troilus and Cressida

    …Just the way things went, I never had a chance to plant a tree before; but about nine years ago I hiked across the field behind our house to visit the abandoned tree nursery now grown wild.

I was able to stretch up high enough to pick a few cherries. I enjoyed the fruit and brought one of the pits back home with me. We have a small garden but after thinking it through carefully, I poked the cherry pit into a spot where I figured a tree would have room to grow and forgot about it…

Next spring when we cleared the weeds, lo and behold, there was a tiny cherry seedling. Something had gone right!

Cherry grew year after year but by the time it was about two or three it began to be attacked by these tiny black things that threatened to eat all of its leaves. I was very diligent about picking them off and since Cherry wasn’t too big yet it wasn’t a problem. But the black things continued to return each season no matter how diligent I was and I finally learned that they were called Pear or Cherry slugs. They are the larva of a type of sawfly, Caliroa cerasi, a nearly worldwide “pest.”

Online advice for dealing with the problem ranged from using wood ash (I didn’t have any), lime or pyrethrum spray to much nastier things. So I just kept picking the slugs off and waiting till I could find a solution that I felt comfortable with.

Then, three years ago we decided to attract Chickadees to our garden by planting one of their favourite foods—Black Sunflower seeds. Spring came and they were planted. And come August as the seeds were ripening, the cherry slugs showed up again right on schedule. They were now on the verge of becoming a serious problem because the tree was growing bigger quite fast and that meant a lot more leaves especially those on branches now beyond my reach.

The Chickadees, having by now figured out that we had Black Sunflower seeds for them, had begun to show up regularly and spend a long time—well, as long a time as a Chickadee stays anywhere—harvesting those seeds. And when they’d had their fill of Black sunflower seeds, what happened next was something I hadn’t at all anticipated. They hopped over to the Cherry where they discovered what was apparently another of their favourite foods—Cherry slugs!

My worries about Cherry slugs were over! And in addition, I suddenly became aware of what it feels like to be a functioning member of an Eco-system—FANTASTIC!

Let me sum it up…First of all, I could stop worrying about my tree. Second, the Chickadees were super efficient at getting those slugs. Third, the Chickadees benefitted by having more to eat; and Fourth, I now no longer think of Cherry slugs as a pest but as an important part of the Whole. And fifth, we had the experience of participating in the Whole in a way that meant more than words can express.

So what does this have to do with music?

Well, nothing directly, other than to say that my inspiration for most of my songwriting comes from nature. I already have one song inspired by a Cherry tree (not recorded yet) and I think we’ll have one soon about our friends the Chickadees called, Chickadee Samba.

In the meantime, we just finished recording The Ballad of the Salmon People, a song about the life cycle of the Salmon, which you can sample here as an mp3. The fully mastered recording is due out later this year.

Delta Drummers play BMO Marathon '15 in Vancouver

Breezeway '14

Just got back from playing the Breezeway at Tsawwassen Town Mall. Here are a few photos from the afternoon. Lots of fun!

Hiring A Musician?

Booksigning performance

Today we performed at Cynthia Elizabeth Sulley's double booksigning at the Ladner Pioneer Library.

We played a short set of our African tunes, as well as a couple of djembe (drum) jams. What a fantastic audience! The place was packed with standing room only!

One of her new books is Colour Beautiful Life Sunny, a sequel to her 2008 novel Child of Where Two Oceans Meet. - See more at:

One of her new books is Colour Beautiful Life Sunny, a sequel to her 2008 novel Child of Where Two Oceans Meet. The follow up novel is again set in Sully's home country of South Africa. It is set after the apartheid era and sees the return of main character Fleur Rowin Elizabeth Eugene, along with her family.

Her other new release is titled Happiest Splash. "I wanted to do something very different," says Sully, describing the book as a compendium with "all sorts of things in it." There are short stories, poetry, a recipe section and more. There's a lot of humour in the book but it has some serious material as well, she explains. Proceeds from both books go to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada. Sully has family members who suffer from Crohn's.


Lark and Kris (drumming), Cynthia Elizabeth Sulley (standing)


                        Singing 'Kacheche'

The follow up novel is again set in Sully's home country of South Africa. It is set after the apartheid era and sees the return of main character Fleur Rowin Elizabeth Eugene, along with her family. - See more at:

One of her new books is Colour Beautiful Life Sunny, a sequel to her 2008 novel Child of Where Two Oceans Meet. - See more at:

One of her new books is Colour Beautiful Life Sunny, a sequel to her 2008 novel Child of Where Two Oceans Meet. - See more at:

One of her new books is Colour Beautiful Life Sunny, a sequel to her 2008 novel Child of Where Two Oceans Meet. - See more at:

Fun today!

Hi! We really enjoyed playing in the Breezeway in Tsawwassen, BC today. We had some real appreciative people out in the audience. Thanks again so much. Here's a pic from the gig.

Breezeway July '13

Kuimba Concert April 28th

If you are in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, BC on April 28th, come to our concert!

Grow Old With Grace

Wanted–Dead Only!


When Kris played in the Shakespeare festival in Ashland, Oregon, a fellow musician in the Green Show told us this story…

He’d been the bass player for Country Joe and the Fish in the 60’s but later sometime in the 80’s was promoting his own original music. He asked a well-known establishment if they would carry his CD’s.

The reply was, “We’re sorry. We only sell the music of composers who are no longer living.”

“Well, I do plan to die one day,” he cheerfully offered.

It didn’t fly.

It brings to mind the immortal lyrics penned by that inimitable master of satire, Eric Idle:
“Life’s a piece of shit
When you look at it,
So always look on the bright side of death.”

So, although we too plan to die one day, on Sunday, April 28 we’re optimistically (or audaciously, not exactly sure which) planning a concert of our own original, world music at the Delta Music School and, death jokes aside, we welcome you to please join us!

    First time performing Lark’s new song: SUCH A SPECIAL FEELING
        “Seems the winter’s chill is yielding,
        Clear love warms my world now.”

Sunday April 28, 2013    2:30 pm ~ Tix: $15
Kuimba in the House Series
Delta Community Music School
Kins Room – McKee Heritage House
4705 Arthur Drive, Delta, BC
Info: 604-946-1280
Tickets online
cash only at the door if tickets still available ~ only 40 seats available in total!


Kuimba at Deas Island

What's a Kinubi?

WHAT’S A KINUBI?   Say, “kee noo’ bee”

    A ____ by any other name would _____ as sweet.

    You might also encounter it as an adungu or an adeudeu, an enanga, a kundi or possibly by many other names. On a Continent as big as Africa (the World’s second largest) with an estimated 2,000 languages spoken (about a third of the World’s languages) it stands to reason that you might find some variations…

Kinubi (Lark's drawing)

    So what is it?

    Well, to improvise on Shakespeare, “A harp by any other name would sound as sweet.” Think of the kinubi as the ultimate in sweetness, a sound so heavenly as to pluck your very heart strings.


    When Western people see my little kinubi they’re usually taken aback by its primitive appearance. It certainly doesn’t look much like a Celtic harp! …with it’s hand hewn pegs stuck through coal-burnt holes in the neck. But what really gets them is the hide covering the sound box. “A hairy harp!” they cry.

    Well, “hairy” rhymes with “fairy” and that’s about what the sound is. It’s a fairy harp. And maybe that’s not so far off.


    When you reach way back in time and—for all we know, this still happens every day in some corner of the Ituri Forest—when an animal is shot with an arrow, the sound of it leaving the taut string, is the literal sound of magic. It’s the sound of life in transition…the sound of death and transformation and life renewed.


    Representations of the Arched harp or Bow harp, as we say in English, trace at least as far back as 3,000 BC. In it’s ancient lore it has been associated with the Hunter-Priest who communes with the spirit of an animal, preying/praying for it’s body to be given willingly to feed the human in exchange for a ritualized, ongoing, committed relationship

that involves deepest respect and gratitude for the gift of its life. I believe every known human ancestral group has had such a relationship with at least one animal. This animal, has come to be known as, the “Master Animal” for a given group of people. (For a cogent discussion on the Master Animal, I refer you to, The Hero with an African Face, a book by Clyde W. Ford.)

Kinubi's    While you may be a sophisticated, city-born, supermarket shopper when it comes to food, believe me, some of your ancestors had this exact relationship with an animal just as important to them—or you wouldn’t be here today!

    And this, in essence, is the difference between a true hunter and a murderer, is it not? The truly sophisticated hunter has reverence for life.

    And since nothing, in essence, has changed since ancient times, the truly sophisticated shopper today, hunts with the good of the environment in mind rather than merely for trophies. (For a great read on sustainable hunting, the Tom Brown book series beginning with, The Tracker, is most enlightening.) 

         Kinubis from DR Congo



    The kinubi usually has ten strings or as few as four or five, occasionally as many as twelve. Tuning varies from region to region. We’ve encountered pentatonic (five-tone) scales and also Mixolydian.

    The ultimate singer’s instrument, it’s most often played as a lap harp—but in reverse of the Celtic harp—with bass strings closest to you and the treble farthest away. There’s also a bass version, sometimes played by a child as they can easily perch on the side of the larger sound box.

    Back here in North America I really had to look to find replacement strings for my kinubi. I finally settled on silk beading cord. That seemed to best mimic the sound of the original natural fiber strings. Fishing line works ok too but makes it sound more like a banjo. Linen bow string would probably work nicely too if I could find it.

Lark with Kinubi

             Lark with Kinubi


    I first encountered the Kinubi in the area where I was born in Africa. You won’t likely find the name “Oicha,” on a map of the DR Congo, but just west of the Ugandan border you can find, “Beni,” not far from the Semliki River in the foothills of the Mountains of the Moon—the Ruwenzori’s—about one degree north of the Equator. That’s close enough.

    But it seems the kinubi may have travelled inland from the coast as “Nubi” is the name of a coastal Sudanese tribe who are well known for playing this instrument. It’s also played in many parts of Uganda. The Swahili word, “Kinubi” can also literally mean, “the language of the Wanubi”/Nubi people (not to be confused with Nubians).

    Pretty sweet language!

    Give a listen here as Kris and I play kinubi duets on. *Congo River.
Or listen to the Wambuti, the Forest People, playing and singing what we have titled *Lolwa Wambuti, with the kinubi.

    A percentage of sales of the CD, Salimu! Heshimu! support the Ipulu Forest  Preserve in the DR Congo.

  * on Salimu! Heshimu! CD
** on Mystic Quest CD

KUIMBA in CONCERT: SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013, 2:30pm at Delta Community Music School, Ladner, BC


    But do you care?
    I don’t.

    The trombone has already been with us for about 600 years and I just don’t see it going away any time soon either. It’s just too good of an instrument.

    Some people have serious problems with it, it’s true.

“The trombone is a sinful and uncouth instrument, and too evil for a righteous person to play.”
Late 1880's, By James Henry Fillmore, the father of Henry Fillmore, American composer of Marches    

    And it attracts a lot of jokes, particularly regarding that slide going in and out (adults, would you please grow up!) as well as regarding some of the glissandos, smears and blats it can make.


In the wrong hands, a trombone can be

a very dangerous weapon


    Yes, it can be very funny at times, but I live with a trombone player and I can tell you that it’s not a joke to play one. I, myself, have never even once considered it due to the extreme level of stamina it takes. I’m just not ever going to go there. And keeping up that lip muscle… gotta play almost every single day.

    …not to mention that every single note you play, you learn to tune at the same time, unlike like a piano or a fretted instrument like a guitar where that’s all set up for you ahead of time!

    I doubt that good trombone players will ever be a dime a dozen. It takes a very special kind of person.

    Okay, so we shouldn’t go on without at least one or two jokes…
“Never look at the trombones, it only encourages them."
Richard Wagner, German Composer, 1813-1883

Q. What's the difference between a bass trombone and a chain saw?
A.  It's much easier to improvise on a chainsaw.


    To me there’s nothing like finding yourself engulfed by the huge, warm, golden tone of a trombone playing a slow ballad. I can lose myself in its glow.

    And when it comes to the Blues… it can draw tears. Or let it loose on jazz, you can’t stop yourself from dancing. Love it, love it, love it!

    Like so many things that aren’t all that popular… healthy, home cooking, long walks in the woods, relationships that stand the test of time… trombones have humor, dignity, style and class. They stand out.


    Let me give you French composer Hector Berlioz’s opinion of the instrument:

    “In my opinion, the trombone is the true head of that family of wind instruments which I have named the epic one. It possesses nobility and grandeur to the highest degree; it has all the serious and powerful tones of sublime musical poetry, from religious calm and imposing accents, to savage, orgiastic outbursts.  Directed by the will of a master, the trombones can chant like a choir of priests, threaten, utter gloomy sighs, a mournful lament or a bright hymn of glory. They can break forth into awe-inspiring cries, and awaken the dead, or doom the living with their fearful voices.”    

    And let me just leave you with three trombone pieces (Saturn, Kesa Na Mie and Mystic Quest), by contemporary composer Kris Bowerman, to enjoy. All three are on this page:

Kris Bowerman


If you can walk, you can dance.
If you can talk, you can sing.
— Saying from Zimbabwe


    I had no idea how lucky I was.

    I stared dreamily out the window toward the tops of the African Mahogany and Umbrella trees in the morning sun, sometimes singing along, sometimes just staring. A great surge of human voices enveloped me in an ocean of sweet harmonies.

    Nobody in that group was afraid to sing…

    And after church my family and several others would get together for a home cooked dinner—and no one in that group was afraid of home cookin’ either.

    In fact, there was no such thing as “going out” unless you were invited to someone’s home which was often. So it never really occurred to you that you might be missing out on anything yummy. And you weren’t.

Pounding Rice  

Pounding Rice in DR Congo, Africa


    The concept of “fast food” didn’t yet exist, let alone the concept of eating—or doing most anything very fast, for that matter.

    And there was no turning on the radio to get music. That also you made yourself.

    It was a time when, after eating dinner by lamplight, you could fall asleep to handmade polyrhythmic drumbeats in the distance. It was a time when mourners at a funeral could loudly wail out their grief without thought of embarrassment. Or dancers at a ritual could shake their fannies uninhibited. And, especially as it was the only way it could be done, mothers could breast feed their babies without having to cover up.

    It was a time when most people still believed more in magic than they did in money.

    The spring from which we drew our water still bubbled up sweetly from the clean sand of the forest floor before passing the Kola tree, who occasionally dropped her fruit into her before she wended her way into the mysterious depths of the forest which was still there too, until she joined the Lolua, eventually added her volume to the home of the crocodiles in the Ituri and then finally joined the mighty Congo river before becoming part of the South Atlantic.

    It was also a time when a forest-dwelling nomad might cover her eyes for dizziness on her first car ride or stand stock still in front of the church, in vast bewilderment at the concept of a door.

    They say that every dark cloud has a silver lining. And for myself too, not even music anymore is persuasion to darken the doorway of a fundamentalist church. But all the same, I do still agree with one or two things from scripture such as, “The love of money is the root of all evil.”

    And I still think that taking your time to enjoy what you do is a good thing; that homegrown food and cooking is the best; that everyone should dance as well as sing… And in addition to laughing, wailing out your grief should be nothing to be ashamed of either…

    My reminiscence of the cool rainy season relief from sultry jungle heat with the arrival of billowing storm clouds and of my time in Africa is expressed in this song.


      Mawingu (Clouds):

Mawingu (cloud)

Cloud over DR Congo, Africa 

Echo Spirits and Owls

    When we listened to the percussionists playing the ice on Lake Baikal, we were reminded of a time when we had a similar experience in nature.

    We were hiking along the banks of the South Fork of the Trinity river in Northern California and stopped next to a huge rock face to relax a bit end enjoy the beauty of our surroundings. There were some beautiful smooth, white pieces of driftwood washed up by the spring floods which we were admiring.

    Feeling playful, we decided to turn them into rhythm sticks and started to jam. To our astonishment, the canyon walls picked up the sound perfectly, echoing it back to us as though we had just been joined by a whole group of percussionists!

    And who’s to say we hadn’t been!

    The Spirits in Nature take on many different forms and their extraordinary, mysterious natures teach us many things we would never know if we just sit in the house all day or if we only use analysis to figure everything out. They can transport us to ecstasy.

    Here’s a link to a piece created by Kris called, “Meeting Owl.” It’s a musical description of another experience we had of meeting a Spirit in Nature. And in fact, when we went to record the piece, if an owl didn’t arrive giving us the chance to add it’s call to the recording! No kidding!

“What's really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you'll always be seeking. I've never seen anybody really find the answer, but they think they have. So they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.”
— Ken Kesey


    Do you think anyone questions whether we live in a time of bizarre fascinations, addictions and curiosities? At moments it seems almost impossible to keep your brain on even slant…

    But possibly one of the greatest gifts of our time are the videos of Earth as seen by astronauts from space. For us the immediate and most apparent thing was how beautiful our blue planet is.

    You can’t help but see as you watch the auroras over the Pole dance and shimmer, that Earth is a living being. And it is our home.

    And then, along with seeing the obvious human impact on Earth’s surface, you can’t help but notice the very thin bubble of atmosphere that shields us from the deep, dark emptiness of space.

    Suddenly you get perspective on the precariousness of our position.

    How strange it is that we have become so out of touch. But the fact that we might notice being out of touch at the same time shows the possibility of regaining our senses. Researchers are showing now, how contact with Nature in her purest form, makes us better people—more the people we believe we truly are meant to be.

    Netta Weinstein, Department of Psychology University of Essex Colchester, U.K., has this to say:
    “Exposure to nature has been linked to personal well-being and to attitudes and behaviors indicative of close and caring relationships. My current work explores the role of nature in facilitating close relationships with outgroup members. I am particularly interested in the role of natural environments in discouraging aggression toward outgroup and minority members and encouraging empathy and prosocial behaviors.”

    You can visit her website here:
    And here is Professor Richard Ryan on the importance of Nature.

The Story Behind Kuimba's "Hakuna Matata" song

  When we visited Lark’s family in Africa in 1990 a bumper sticker with the slogan, “Hakuna Matata” was tucked into our bag when we bought some fabric in Nairobi. We knew the Swahili pop song that had been radio hit in Kenya that had turned this common saying into a slogan. We thought it was a song with a pretty face but not much substance.

    But now that Kris was learning some Swahili phrases, he decided he wanted to turn “Hakuna Matata’ into a more (to us) African-sounding song. He came up with the chorus and then requested Lark, who speaks Congo Swahili, to write the rest of it. So she wrote the verses which are done in rap, Kris put the drum beat to it—and there you have it—Kuimba’s Hakuna Matata published in 1991. And Disney, being a bit slow-on-the-draw, didn’t get their version out till 1994.

Tsawwassen Sun Festival Performance

Hello Music Lovers!

Kuimba will be performing from 1 - 2pm on Saturday, August 4th for the Tsawwassen Sun Festival at Earthwise Gardens ( in Tsawwassen, BC. Stephen Robb will be joining us on keyboard for this special occasion.

Come celebrate the sun, the beautiful organic gardens and the music of Kuimba!

See you there!

Kris and Lark

PS- Earthwise Gardens is located at 6400 3 Avenue, Delta, BC (604) 946-9828

Hayfork or Bust 2012


Hayfork Valley, CA

A town named Hayfork you gotta love.”

    Steven Forrest

    WELL,we made it there! And what a time we had. But let me give you some background…


    On one of our many moves, Kris and I decided to explore Northern California's backroads on our way to Ashland, Oregon from the San Francisco Bay Area.


    The summer heat and stress of getting out of the city had triggered one of my famous migraines and so finding a good camping spot as quickly as possible had become essential. Kris pulled off the road at a Forest Service campground named—quite appropriately from my perspective—Hellgate. This is a campground not far from Hayfork.


    Short of Cairo, it seemed like the hottest, dryest place I had ever been and in my migrained delirium I was sure he had done this just to torture me. Why else stop such a god-forsaken place?


    Three days later, energy renewed in a completely unexpected and miraculous way, I was sure of just the opposite when—since we had business to attend to—he pressed for us to continue on our way. Some people just can't be pleased…


    But as it turned out, we've returned to the area again and again over the twenty seven years since. In fact we finally even moved there in 2000 and stayed for two years before ending up in first Prague in the Czeck Republic and then Xi'an, China for two years.


    In 1973 Hayfork was listed in the World Guiness Book of Records (don't quote me on the exact date) as being the town with the highest amount of alcohol consumed percapita. Later, the logging industry (which I feel contributed to this statistic) was to a great extent shut down before the entire forest was clear cut—thanks to the efforts of certain courageous local people. Hayfork is also one of the the first two GMO-free counties in the country, thanks to many of those same folks.


    But now-a-days it's known as part of The Green Triangle for pot-growing. That's a currently unfolding story giving everyone lots to think and talk about…


    Long story, short, we finally made it back there again. First we visited our friends, Susan and Joseph Bower in nearby Peanut (yes, there really is a place called Peanut) on the “bit 'o Heaven” property they've successfully and courageously homesteaded for 40 years.


    They were just harvesting a small crop of the same original, authentic rye grass for which the town of Hayfork was named. It can grow six to eight feet tall!


    “HAY” — rye grass +

    “FORK” — the fork of the creek (Hayfork Creek) known as the place where the best hay grows



    Next we visited our friends Rachel Anderson and Dave Menefee on the outskirts of Hayfork proper. Rachel and Dave own a menageree of three goats, one Llama, several sheep, and one black and white Tabby recovering sanity since being rescued from the pound.


    There was the feeling of “Home, sweet Home,” as we wandered up onto their comfy veranda twined all around with vibrant green hops vine.


    Rachel and Dave, both dedicated musicians—ukelele and upright bass, respectively—joined us for our concert that night at Northern Delights, one of Hayfork's several restaurants. We played for what we're told was a record turnout crowd of all ages. It was an experience we all hope to repeat sooner than later.


    Next night was a potluck, music and dance party at Dave and Rachel's. Unseasonably cold weather turned the yurt where we were sleeping into an impromptu concert hall and dance floor. The interior space is huge and accomodated the event quite nicely.



    And finally, we went backpacking the next day. Personally, we tend to feel that one of the things that music is for is to describe the beauty and the experience possible for a human being when in tune with nature.

    Jamaican Food Service

    Lark backpacking

    Jamaican Food Service, aka Kris


    It was really hard to leave our friends, musical collaborations and long, outrageous conversations freely ranging over topics far and wide. Family farms and farmers, hippies, artists and small business folk have always—and we think will always be—the true backbone of American culture.


    If you haven't already encountered it, a great read that intelligently discusses some of the history as well as present day status of American small farmers is The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollen. A great book for anybody who eats.                                                      Lark Backpacking in Trinity County, CA


    After this we headed for the San Francisco Bay Area for a very happy visit with Kris' family which "peaked" in a visit to 3800 ft. Island Mountain, Mt. Diablo.

    Mount Diablo, California

    Mt. Diablo, CA

    On our way home we stopped in Eugene, OR for a day of hiking, swimming and exploring the forest with a friend who used to live in Hayfork.


    Buck Shedding Antler Velvet

    Buck Shedding Antler Velvet


    So we're back home now and gearing up for playing at the Tsawwassen Sun Festival from 1 – 2 pm on August 4th at the Earthwise Garden in Boundary Bay .


    Then in August we play a concert at the recently opened metaphysical centre called Golden Rabbit Equilibrium Within. That's again from 1 - 2 pm on August 11th. You'll find it at 260-4351 No. 3 Rd. Between Browngate and Leslie in Richmond., BC.


    Hope to see you soon!

    Kris & Lark on Mt. Diablo

    Kris and Lark in the arms of Grandother Oak

    on Mt Diablo, CA - photo by Cindy Harvey

    Fun concert in Hayfork

    We had great time in Hayfork, California performing a set of our African and American tunes. Thanks to Dave Menafee and Rachel Anderson for joining us! Also thanks to Susan Bower and Northern Delights for their wonderful support!

    Kuimba To Hold Concert


    Kris & Lark of Kuimba

    Date: Friday, June 22, 2012

    Subject: Concert To Be Held

    Contact: Susan Bower: (530) 628 - 5004

    For Immediate Release

    Kuimba To Hold Concert

    Northern Delights Restaurant in Hayfork will sponsor a concert by the musical group, Kuimba, on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm.

    The event is open to the public. Tickets are on a sliding scale of $5.00 – 15.00. Children are welcome.





    Former Trinity County residents Kris and Lark Bowerman, also known as Kuimba, will be performing at Northern Delights Restaurant in Hayfork, California on Friday, June 22 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are on a sliding scale, $5—$15.



    This World Fusion duo lightheartedly and attentively whisks together rhythms and musical flavors of Africa and America. Kuimba's mellow, upbeat musical mood is much loved by people with a broad world-view and a love of nature. Their lyrics are metaphoric and entertaining.


    Kuimba's classic original Swahili lyrics bring bold sensual rhythms and a feeling of the earthiness of Africa giving you a taste of another culture, while their American style songs bring you back home with flavors of blues, folk and jazz.

    Performance in California

    Kuimba will be performing at Northern Delights in Hayfork, California on Friday, June 22nd at 7:30pm.

    Come and join us!


    I left the Democratic Republic of Congo, then called Zaire, Africa just before my eighteenth birthday. I wasn't the oldest, but the first of five children to leave home and our place of birth. The memory is so clear—standing in Entebbe airport, Uganda with my family all around me—a peculiarly vivid, once-in-a-lifetime moment. I hugged everyone good bye. Life as we had known it was now ending…

    Winter Solstice 2011

    Winter Solstice 2011

    Sun enters Capricorn 9:30 pm, Wednesday, December 21, Pacific time
    New Moon 2º Capricorn, 10:06 am, Saturday, Dec. 24
    Full Moon, 18º Cancer, 11:31 pm, Saturday, January 8, 2012


    by Lark Bowerman

    “Not only is reality stranger than we suppose. It's stranger than we can suppose.”
    —Terence McKenna

    WHAT IS IT WITH 2012? 

    It's a funny thing…but somehow there seems to be this general agreement that This Is The Year
    We've Been Waiting For.

    Astrologically speaking, this June will be the first of seven exact squares between Uranus and
    Pluto. But there will be six more of them up through March 2015. We've been feeling the effect for
    quite some time now, like maybe beginning in the summer of 2007.
    Neptune will be re-entering Pisces, but it's done that before…

    So why 2012?

    And the opinions about what will happen really run the gamut—all the way from instant world
    enlightenment to Armageddon.

    So once again the world ends…

    East is East Performance

    We had a blast last night playing at East is East restaurant in Vancouver. Kris' original trombone and recorder solos in scales from the East—Mystic Quest CD—gave this performance a special new twist.

    We loved the exotic cuisine and the luxurious Persian rugs and decor. But most of all we really appreciated all of our friends and students who came and gave us such warm and enthusiastic support! Thank you so much!

    Kuimba, World Fusion Music Group

    East is East

    KUIMBA at EAST IS EAST restaurant

    4413 Main St, Vancouver 


    Sunday, November 13th

    8:00 — 10:00pm


    Come join us and enjoy the music!

    For more info, see UPCOMING PERFORMANCES & EVENTS to your right.

    Kuimba video - Salimu! Heshimu!


    Here's the other video we cut in late September. Enjoy!

    Kuimba video - Mawingu

    Here's the first of our two videos produced from our recent shoot. Enjoy!

    Kuimba Video Shoot

    Lark and Kris

    Saturday before last we started taking our living room apart. The sofa got pushed into the dining area, the dining table having already been relocated to the middle of the kitchen. The T.V. took a ride into the bedroom along with...

    Video taping

    Hi All!

    We're excited today because we're video taping two of our songs with our new members of Kuimba, Jocelyn Demers and Jamie Perry (Bocephus King). On the slate are two of our most loved songs, Mawingu and Salimu! Heshimu!, the title tracks of two of our CD's. We'll post them on our website as soon as they are ready! Stay tuned!

    Lark and Kris at The Sun Festival

    Jamie at The Sun Festival


    Jocelyn at The Sun Festival

    I Love Blackberries



    September is the month of the Dark Gypsies

    Wild vines along the canal

    Growing determinedly without permission

    Sprawling unceremoniously into the lawn

    Challenge the Establishment

    With thorny tangles of chaos


    Don’t tell me you haven’t seen them—

    This failure of the plow

    To Dominate


    Going their own way

    They freely take air

    And sunshine and water—

    And land! Growing space!


    Audaciously flowering

    Without a gardener’s command

    They seduce insects into their

    Sexual organs


    Becoming pregnant

    They slowly bring their offspring

    To fruition


    Glistening gems of life’s wisdom

    Their knowing dark eyes

    Peer mysteriously from among the leaves

    Reminding us of something we’ve forgotten

    …something about how wildly exhilarating

    Life can be…


    And how profusely generous!


    Offering themselves freely

    These wonton scoundrels

    Induce you to surrender

    To their charms


    And you do!


    Risking thorn and sour rejection

    You reach for their intoxicating sweetness


    True to character

    They now ask you

    To learn some manners!


    “Please respect our boundaries”

    Is clearly spoken with

    Scratches on your skin


    And “Please don’t touch

    Before you’re invited”

    —Cringing sourness

    On the tongue


    Slowly they teach you


    And refine your sense of touch


    And slowly you begin to learn

    When just the right

    Request from your fingers

    Is answered

    With dark, passionate fragrance

    And the taste of wild sweetness


    Such madness

    Is not for civilized folk


    Though we too…

    Were we to abandon

    Our fences

    And our lawns…

    Could travel freely

    Like these dark Gypsies



    —Lark Bowerman ©2011


    The Jam Fest was fun!


    The Jam Fest performance we did was fun! Jocelyn Demers joined us again to make it a trio this time. AND... the weather was perfect with an appreciative audience attending. Looking forward to doing more local gigs soon! Cheers, Kris

    Jam Fest schedule change

    As it turns out, Kuimba will be playing at 12:00 - 12:55pm on Saturday the 20th. Please see the previous post for more details. And don't that it's free. We hope to see you there. Kris

    Jam Fest at Earthwise Gardens


    Kuimba along with hand drummer Jocelyn Demers will again be performing at Earthwise Gardens. This time for their Jam Fest. The date is Saturday, August 20th from 12:30 - 1:30 pm. We hope to see you there.


    Cheers, Kris and Lark

    Kuimba Earthwise Gardens July 30, 2011

    Video of 'Original Crumb' at the Tsawwassen Sun Festival

    Sun Festival

    What a great experience we had at the Sun Festival. The setting at Earthwise Garden was perfect! A big thanks to Jamie Perry (guitar) and Jocelyn Demers (Hand Drums) for joining us and kicking up the energy.

    Kuimba Earthwise Gardens July 30, 2011

    Tsawwassen Sun Festival & Mystic Quest CD

    Hello Music Lovers!
     The Tsawwassen Sun Festival is coming soon! Kuimba, myself and Lark plus a drummer and guitarist, will be performing for the festival on Saturday, July 30th, noon-1pm at Earthwise Gardens, Boundary Bay Rd and Third Ave, Tsawwassen. With our 'classic' African sound on many tunes being performed, and drummer Jocelyn Demers and guitarist Jamie Perry joining us, it is going to be a great set!
    Kris & Lark
    Mystic Quest Cover

    PS - Kuimba now has the Mystic Quest album on CD, so we'll have it at the Sun Festival. You can also purchase it from CD Baby or from our website


    PPS - Also performing at the festival is The Jazzers on Friday, July 29th, 9-11:30pm at Illuminate Restaurant, 1077 56th St., #125, Tsawwassen. Some great jazz from local musicians Pat Gurr, Marty Hatlelid, David Barton and Kris Bowerman

    Sun Festival Performance

    Hello Music Lovers,

    Kuimba will performing for the Tsawwassen Sun Festival on July 30th from 12 - 1pm at the Earthwise Gardens at 3rd Avenue and Boundary Bay Road in Tsawwassen. Check it out if you can!

    New website!

    Hello Fans of Kuimba,

    We hope all is well with you as summer begins soon, though it seems to be slow coming here in BC.

    We are happy to announce our New website design full of new stuff like 'live' performance videos (new and old), new (and vintage) photos, and an easy to use store, as well as general ease of use. If you have time, listen to selections of our newest recording Mystic Quest.

    Oh, and before I forget, if you happen to be on Facebook, checkout our Kuimba page and please give it a 'like.'

    Have a great summer!

    Kris and Lark

        Kris and Lark

    New website design

    Hello Friends!

    Our new website is up. The design has been changed for ease of use for our fans. We have new videos, photos etc. Check it out!


    Mystic Quest on CDBaby and itunes

    Hello Friends,

    We are excited with the release our sixth musical recording, Mystic Quest (Exotic Instrumentals) by Kuimba on CDBaby and itunes, where you can hear and download mp3's. You’re also invited to visit our website You'll get a free download of one of the songs from the album if you sign up for our newsletter. Here's a little blurb about the album:

    Alluring sounds of flutes, trombones, drums, harps and other whimsical instruments are used to make compelling melodies from ancient scales. Travel from India to China, to Africa and the Middle East, to North America, to special experiences inside…



    ENJOY!! Kris and Lark

    Mystic Quest Release!

    Kuimba's first instrumental album is ready for download: Mystic Quest. Listen to some of the tracks on this CD by selecting 'Music/Lyrics' on the menu.    


    Magical sounds of flutes, trombones, drums, harps and other whimsical instruments are used to make compelling melodies from ancient scales. Travel from India to China, to Africa and the Middle East, to North America, to a special experience inside.

    NEW ALBUM - Mystic Quest

    Happy Holidays, Friends of Kuimba

    Wow! It's been a while since we've sent out an email. The music is still happening. We've been working away at the finishing touches of our new album Mystic Quest.

    It is an instrumental album comprised of new tracks as well as tracks from Kuimba's last three CD's. We've titled it Exotic Instrumentals and it is just that. Rich ancient scales spring to life in melody using various wooden flutes, such as the Xiao, trombone and Hu Lu Si. Different kinds of hand drums, harps and many other instruments make this full-length 74 minute CD both captivating and relaxing.

    Actually, the master is in hand and ready to roll. So downloads from...

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    “We have received your new CD and want to thank you.  We love it!  I forgot what a beautiful voice you have. Just so you know, I don't think you sound like anyone.  You are just your own amazing artists.  But for the sake of the request I suggest Angus & Julia Stone.  I think people who enjoy them will enjoy you.”
    Melissa Matthews, British Columbia

    “Thank you Lark & Kris for your inspiring, beautiful music! With much appreciation…"
    Karen McCombe, New York

    "The cord that THE BALLAD strikes in my heart is one of music that brings out a deep sense of community, people saying: Hey, this is us. …. The human spirit that will never be snuffed out – no matter the adversary."                                                    Samm Musoke, Nova Scotia

    "I fell in love with Lark and Kris’s music the first time I heard it. It has an uplifting, inspiring quality which as a musician and songwriter I appreciate. Subsequently after my grandson was born I started playing him songs and he loved them. We had many a good time dancing to songs and once he was walking and talking he would request the music again and again and loves to dance and/or drum along. Thank you Lark and Kris for your gift of music to the world."                                    Suzanne Lichau, Oregon

    "Dear Lark and Kris,
    I'm writing on behalf of the South Fraser Gogos ( to thank you so much for your fantastic contribution to our Potluck Evening. You made the Grandmothers welcome quite spectacular and one I'm sure they will remember.

    Everyone enjoyed the rest of your music and singing and seeing everyone up dancing is a sight I'll always remember. Wishing you all the very best,                       Jesse Pringle, Go Go Grannies Co-coordinator, British Columbia

    "Kuimba weaves a magical spell with their enchanting melodies, mesmerizing harmonies, and penetrating lyrics. The music is at once universal and uniquely personal . . . the musicians share themselves with their audiences in an intimate and moving manner."                                       Julia J. Heydon, PhD. Music, Former Music Director, Oregon Shakespearean Festival